Learn about INSPIRE, new methods for research and teaching, & more
Learn about INSPIRE, new methods for research and teaching, & more
Newsletter | April 2017
Dear CPC friends and colleagues:
It has been a busy month, and below you will find updates from faculty affiliates working around the globe from Uganda to Sri Lanka, the Democratic Republic of Congo to Palestine.  The topics range from using comics in social work pedagogy to using new technologies as a research method for investigating gender-based violence.  In this edition of newsletter, we are excited to highlight INSPIRE: Seven Strategies For Ending Violence Against Children. The INSPIRE package lays out a seven-part strategy to reduce violence against children; the CPC Learning Network serves as the civil society co-lead with the World Health Organization of the INSPIRE Working Group, which is part of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Final versions of the INSPIRE executive summary and Infographic are now available in Spanish and Portuguese and can be found below. Please do share widely. 
As usual, you will also find new research by our faculty affiliates and their colleagues as well as resources, opportunities, upcoming conferences, and the recording of our recent webinar about Population Council's Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program. Please do not hesitate to be in touch at info@cpclearningnetwork.org if you would like to share any resources. 
Mark Canavera, Associate Director
INSPIRE translated into Spanish and Portuguese
INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children
A study published in Pediatrics estimated that up to one billion children in the world have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence in the past year. INSPIRE is a technical package for those committed to preventing and responding to violence against children and adolescents. We have shared the INSPIRE package previously, but we are excited to announce the package's translation into Spanish and Portuguese.
The INSPIRE package includes seven strategies that together provide a framework for ending violence against children. In the full package, each strategy is presented with its objective, rationale, potential effects, specific approaches, and evidence of effectiveness. Additionally, INSPIRE includes cross-cutting activities that help connect, strengthen, and assess progress towards the seven strategies: 1) Implementation and enforcement of laws; 2) Norms and values; 3) Safe environments; 4) Parent and caregiver support; 5) Income and economic strengthening; 6) Response and support services; and 7) Education and life skills. 
Access the full-text in Spanish here.
Access the executive summary in Spanish here and Portuguese here.
Access the Infographic in Spanish here and Portuguese here.
Publications from CPC Learning Network faculty affiliates
Methodologies to Capture the Multidimensional Effects of Economic Strengthening Interventions 
The economic status of households affects the health and well-being of adolescents. To address the intersection between economic deprivations and broader development goals like population health and well-being, governments and aid agencies often include economic strengthening interventions as part of their core programming. This research brief by CPC faculty affiliate Fred Ssewamala and Laura Gauer Bermudez presents strategies for examining the multidimensional effects of economic strengthening interventions with a specific focus on the health and well-being of adolescent beneficiaries, highlighting research gaps and opportunities. Professor Ssewamale was also recently interviewed by Uganda's New Vision newspaper regarding this research during a stakeholders meeting in Masaka. 
Read the UNICEF research brief here
Read the New Vision article here
Disclosure bias for group versus individual reporting of violence amongst conflict-affected adolescent girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia
Methodologies to measure gender-based violence have received inadequate attention, especially in humanitarian contexts where vulnerabilities to violence are exacerbated. Lindsay Stark, director of the CPC Learning Network, faculty affiliate Marni Sommer, and colleagues recently published an article comparing the results from individual audio computer-assisted self-administered survey interviews (ACASI) with results from participatory social mapping activities, which were employed with the same sample in two different post-conflict contexts in the DRC and Ethiopia. Results revealed that the group-based qualitative method elicited narratives of violence focusing on events perpetrated by strangers or members of the community more distantly connected to girls. In contrast, ACASI interviews revealed violence predominantly perpetrated by family members and intimate partners. This research has important implications for research design concerning gender-based violence in humanitarian settings and potentially more broadly.
Read the article here
Geographies of Palestinian Children and Families: A Critical Review of the Research and a Future Research Agenda
While the field of children’s geographies continues to grow, the subfield of geographies of children affected by political violence is still in its formative stages. There is even less research using a geographical approach to the experiences of Palestinian children. Although the launch of numerous studies focusing on Palestinian children promises new insights into the needs of this specific population, there are still notable gaps in the body of research. CPC faculty affiliate Bree Akesson wrote a chapter for the book Conflict, Violence and Peace critically exploring the current state of knowledge pertaining to Palestinian children organized around three areas: research methods, unit of analysis, and topical focus. After highlighting key contributions and existing gaps, the review concludes with recommendations for future research directions. 
Read more about the book here, or contact Dr. Akesson here
Ending Violence Against Children in Sri Lanka: The Global Partnership
As part of Agenda 2030, the world's governments have set ambitious targets to end violence by 2030, working to realize the vision of a world where all children grow up free from violence and exploitation. The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children is an opportunity to help governments, international organizations, civil society, faith leaders, the private sector, philanthropists and foundations, researchers and academics work together to confront the unacceptable levels of violence that children suffer. The Global Partnership includes some countries as "pathfinder countries," where governments and other stakeholders hope to lead the global agenda on ending violence aginst children.  One pathfinder country is Sri Lanka, a country where the CPC Learning Network has had long-standing partnerships.  In Sri Lanka, CPC faculty affiliates Gameela Samarasinghe and Harini Amarasuriya will be reviewing the Country Discussion Paper on Ending Violence against Children in Sri Lanka and presenting the findings at an event on May 23rd, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  
Read about the Global Partnership here
Beyond words: Comics in the classroom
CPC faculty affiliate Bree Akesson and Funke Oba published an article exploring the role of comics as a form of social work pedagogy to tackle complex social issues. Equipping future social workers to interrogate social justice, human rights, and cultural issues requires a revision of social work education. Culturally relevant teaching is increasingly important in today's globalized world. The article argues that comics offer specific benefits to educators seeking to develop critical thinking and self-reflexivity in their students. The authors present findings from focus group discussions with social work students to examine the relevance of comics in social work education. Ultimately, they argue, the use of comics as a teaching tool contributes to the effective preparation of future social workers through the mutual transformation it engenders in students and educators. 
Read the article here, or contact Dr. Akesson here.
In case you missed it: Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program - Reflections from Zambia
During this webinar, Dr. Karen Austrian and Dr. Paul Hewett of Population Council participated in a webinar about learning emerging from the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP), which has been implemented to address vulnerabilities adolescents girls faced in Zambia. AGEP includes a six-year-long randomized controlled trial that set out to measure the effect of a social, health, and economic assets program on the health and education outcomes of vulnerable adolescent girls in rural and urban sites across Zambia. The presenters shared an overview of the program and research imitative, findings from the latest round of data collection, and lessons learned. 
Access the documents and recording of the webinar here

Articles and Reports
Mapping Knowledge Brokers Working to Prevent Violence Against Girls and Boys
As interest has grown at the global level around preventing violence against children, a diverse range of actors have increasingly supported efforts to build knowledge about the problem and effective interventions and translate that evidence into action. However, there remains significant room for improved coordination and collective action. Assemblyfor and partners, funded by the Children and Violence Evaluation Challenge Fund, published a brief identifying relevant organizations and initiatives that build knoweldge, translate it into action, and create opportunities for a collective strategy to prevent violence against children. This mapping analysis draws on research and interviews with 15 key organizations and initiatives focused on violence against children and violence against women and girls as well as input gathered during a convening of knowledge brokers on October 11, 2016 in Geneva. 
Read the report here
A Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings recently published a document that provides guidance in the assessment, research, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of mental health psychosocial support programs in emergency settings. Although designed specifically for emergency contexts, the framework may also be applicable for the transition phases from emergency to development. The framework assumes familiarity with the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings and an understanding of programming in humanitarian relief and/or development. 
Read the document here
Global Conference on Children on the Move
The Initiative on Child Rights in the Global Compact is hosting the Global Conference on Children on the Move in Berlin, Germany on June 12-13, 2017. It will provide a space for diverse stakeholders--including representatives from governments, civil society, multilateral institutions, and the private sector--to discuss and advocate for a strong global strategy on protecting the rights of children on the move and other children affected by migration. 
More information available here
Online Course: Getting Care Right for All Children - Implementing of the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
The UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children set out the principles for policy and practice that have been agreed upon globally to help tackle the issue of children living without their parents. Delivered by an international inter-agency initiative and available in English, French, and Spanish, this free online open course will delve into what the UN Guidelines look like in practice. This course is intended for practitioners and policy makers from state and non-state bodies, those providing services related to children's care, and those with an interest in or responsibility for child protection and child care. The course starts May 15, 2017
More information available here
Research Fellow for the LINEA II Initiative
The Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) within the department of Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow for the Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse LINEA II initiative. This is an exciting opportunity within a vibrant multidisciplinary group with an international research portfolio, of which LINEA II is a key component. The GVHC focuses on intervention-based research on the extent, causes, and consequences of gender-based violence. 
Read more and apply here
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